Solar power will put Arctic oil in the shade

Graham-Rowe, Duncan
October 2003
New Scientist;10/4/2003, Vol. 180 Issue 2415, p18
As the U.S. Congress contemplates digging up oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska, a study claims that one of the least developed renewable energy technologies, photovoltaic solar cells, is likely to contribute between 8 and 15 times as much electrical energy as the oil from the Arctic reserves ever will contribute. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, oil production rates from the ANWR are likely to peak in 2034, at 270 million barrels per year. Joel Gordes, an energy expert with Environmental Energy Solutions in Riverton, Connecticut, says that oil normally has so many advantages that one would expect it to be cheaper than solar power.


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